Kanazawa

It might be 2nd time to go to Kanazawa in my life. 1st time was private trip when I was 21 years old. But completely forgot where I visited in that time and atmosphere of the town. And this time is for biz trip, so there is no time to visit anywhere in daytime. After finished work in the bi trip, dropped by one of the famous spot. It seems be late to come to there. Lively time might be day time. Hope I can visit again to the historical town.

 
 
 
 
 
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[Ride] Round the islands in Miyako&Tarama

Riding by Roadbike in island is exciting and enjoyable with atmosphere which is quite far from daily urban life. This time, I tried to make Round The Islands(RTI) in Miyako and Tarama, Okinawa Pref. Here is a place in Okinawa perf. It’s located in west side of Okinawa near Taiwan Island. I have visited to more west side island “Ishigaki” and “Yonaguni” in past. Then this Time I chose those islands because of no visits so far. There are direct flights from Tokyo(Haneda) to Miyako-islands and two round trip flights a day between Miyako and Tarama by Japan Airlines Group.

 

Miyako Island is very famous for triathlon in summer. Because of covid 19, not hold the event in 2020 and 2021. According to taxi driver, they are planning to hold it in 2022 finally. I don’t have any intention to participate it because my body basic power is not enough to accomplish the toughness sport event. But this this, referring the Roadbike course to make my ride.

https://www.visitokinawa.jp/destinations/miyako-region/miyako

Ride in Miayko island

Originally I supposed that I can ride all in a day. But after landed to Miyako Airport, I realised that winter winds in Miyako is very strong and mostly no time to stop the winds. So I changed my riding plan by divided it to two days. After reached to Hotel in Kurumi Island, 3 hours was remained before sunset, then tried to ride from Kurumi island to “Shimoji” and Irabu island. And 2nd day was started from Irabu Bridge to Ikema island and rest of Miyako island. Especially to go up to north side in entire route, ahead winds from north was so strong and can’t make good speed as usual… and even if under sunlight, wind on the big three bridges were very strong and it’s hard to ride straightly. So rather than enjoying sightsee from bridges, I was so afraid and scare to across the bridges….. if you want to across the bridge without scared, highly recommended to come to Miayko in Summer season. 

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Ride in Tarama island

Tarama island is very famous for clean, beautiful blue ocean and diving. It seems that total population in the island is around 1,200 people. Flight time from Miyao was only 20 mins. Another way to visit this island from Miyako is car ferry which has one round trip a day. It takes mostly 2 hours to Tarama Island. There is a few restaurant and shops for visiter. Island itself is not so big, so it’s just 1 hour to make round the island. I stayed only a few hours between 1st and 2nd flights in a day. if you have enough time, better to stay a few days to enjoy atmosphere. but there are not many place to visit, so enjoying slow time is main purpose to stay in here.

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Fully enjoyed 2.5 days rides in those islands in Dec 2021. Hope I can visit more other islands in Okinawa near future. 

[Ride] Setouchi Shimanami Kaido

After 5th wave of Covid19 in Japan, Finally I visited to Setouchi Shimanani Kaido(しまなみ海道) which is located in Seto Inland Sea. Shinanami Kaido is made by 7 bridges with 6 islands and connecting between Hirosima Pref and Ehime Pref.

Why I wanted to visit to here is it’s very famous for cyclist. There are many specialised road for bicycle, and can across bridges same as cars. And view from bridges or from islands to see Seto island sea is awesome, everyone should visit the area. 

Here is entire route i rode in 2 days.

If you straightforwardly ride from Imabari to Onomichi, distance will be 60-70km. So with road bike, it may take around 3 hours. But there are many spot to stop and also there are some route to go around to see nice view, and can do short hill climb as well. So I felt at least secure 2days to enjoy this route. And in my trip, I stayed Oshima Island because wanted to see twilight view from Mt.Kiro, and as 2nd day, went throught remaining route to go to Onomichi in Hiroshima Pref.

Instead of each detail explanation, let me show nice photos in this trip.

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[Ride] 1st Challenging for Hill Climb

After faced covid19 pandemic, my work style has been shifted to “Work from home” as default. Although it may be backed to office work after ended pandemic. Recently issue for all of us might be not enough exercise in daily life. No commuting time is totally better than usual, but at same time, no reason to proactively move body in a day. 

Luckily I got used road bike from friend around July 2020. Then riding bike is getting my basic hobby now a days. Not only for good exercise, also it’s good time to take scenery photo by reaching out to place by bike.

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Yesterday, I traveled with my bike around Mt.Fuji & Lake Yamanaka, and it’s first time to try hill climb. Hill Climb requires power and stamina, needless to say, so by searching on internal, found best route for beginner. After climbed to Mikuni Pass, it’s so nice view and good weather to see Mt.Fuji with Lake Yamanaka. 

Actually I’m missing ride in Singapore, because easily go anywhere by bike and there are many nature near city. Ride in Tokyo City is a bit boring because only building or house in city, no good park and lake than Singapore. But in Japan, out side of city, I’m re-understanding that there are many place and course to go with road bike. That’s the biggest advangage to live in Japan than in Singapore. 

More recent photos with road bike were uploaded to Note.

 

Road Bike in Tokyo

From 1st Dec, I officially relocated to Japan by terminated renting room in Singapore. Gradually resuming my daily some activities in tokyo. One of those is riding road bike in tokyo. Actually my ride life was started in singapore from July 2020. So no experience to ride in tokyo so far. Through last two weeks, I’m getting aware of some difference between tokyo ride and singapore ride. So let me share my impression.

 

 

1. Weather

Needless to write, the biggest difference is weather condition. In singapore, mostly keeps around 25-28°C at morning and after sunset throughout the year. Day time reaches to 32-35°C with strong sun light if no cloud/no raining. So conformable time to ride in singapore are between 6pm to 9am. Not recommended to ride in day time.

But in japan, it depends on season. As I just backed to Tokyo in winter, so in this month, mostly under 10°C, so I needed to buy winter jersey for 0-10°C and gloves, because Jersey I wear in Singapore were only for summer short sleeves and short pants. And I may need to buy more for other season… It’s costly…

2. Road condition

This may be only for Tokyo or urban city in Japan. Recently local administration is trying to make lane for  bicycle on car road since side of road should be prioritied for pedestrian. This movement is definitely good for bicker, But issue on city is that there are so many parking car on the bicycle lane on the road and blocking bicycle. Also critical issue by parking car is driver suddenly opens door to get off from car without any check. So I faced those situations during first long ride in Tokyo. In Singapore no clear lane on the road, but no any parking car on the road, then I didn’t feel any risk to ride on road in last six months, it’s very safety for rider.

This is just first impression in two weeks. I will update if if find more.